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highs-and-downs-in-relations-between-listasrpska-and-kosovo-institutions-10-11-2016 profile 19 Oct 16

Serb Party Pushes Belgrade’s Agenda in Kosovo

The main Kosovo Serb party’s boycott of parliament shows that its decisions are guided by Belgrade, while also highlighting Pristina political leaders’ inability to integrate the country’s Serb minority.

kosovo-s-privatisation-process-obstructed-by-serbia-10-13-2016 Analysis 17 Oct 16

Kosovo’s Privatisation Process Obstructed by Serbia

Kosovo’s efforts to privatise state companies from the Yugoslav era have continued to face strong opposition from Serbia, which has been seeking to assert control over key assets in its former province.

kosovo-serbia-agreements-were-doomed-from-the-start-10-10-2016 Comment 11 Oct 16

Kosovo-Serbia Agreements Were Doomed From the Start

It is no surprise that none of the four agreements signed last year have got anywhere when both governments have been insincere about the normalisation process from the beginning.

kosovo-war-ex-prisoners-fear-arrest-in-serbia-08-22-2016 Feature 25 Aug 16

Kosovo War Ex-Prisoners Fear Arrest in Serbia

Kosovo Albanians detained during wartime by the Serbian authorities still fear that they could be re-arrested, as the case of a man held last week at the Croatia-Serbia border highlighted.

kosovo-sporting-heroine-sets-her-sights-on-rio-07-01-2016 feature 01 Jul 16

Kosovo Sporting Heroine Sets her Sights on Rio

Judoka Champion Majlinda Kelmendi is hoping for a medal at Rio where she will represent Kosovo in the country’s first-ever Olympic Games.

kosovo-s-eu-visa-victory-leaves-serbs-feeling-cold-05-12-2016 Analysis 13 May 16

Kosovo’s EU Visa Victory Leaves Serbs Feeling Cold

Kosovo Albanians have welcomed the European Commission call to extend visa-free travel to Kosovo - but Kosovo Serbs fear they may be left out of the benefits.

azem-vllasi-vucic-understands-the-new-age--04-11-2016 Interview 12 Apr 16

Azem Vllasi, ‘Vucic Understands the New Age’

The veteran politician, rights activists and lawyer says Kosovo is on the right track, union with Albania is impossible - and Aleksandar Vucic is a more honest leader of Serbia than Boris Tadic was.

albin-kurti-i-wouldn-t-play-chess-with-vucic--03-10-2016 Interview 10 Mar 16

Albin Kurti: ‘I Wouldn’t Play Chess With Vucic’

Vetevendosije leader talks of Serbia’s new/old plans for Kosovo, why justice beats tolerance as a virtue - and why Albanians should be allowed to unite into one state one day.

fury-over-serbia-deals-left-kosovo-shaken-12-24-2015 2015 in review 30 Dec 15

Fury Over Serbia Deals Left Kosovo Shaken

While a spike in Islamist activity was one headache facing the government, violent protests against EU-brokered deals with Serbia proved the bigger challenge.

foreign-policy-setbacks-leave-kosovo-shaken-12-18-2015 Analysis 18 Dec 15

Foreign Policy Setbacks Leave Kosovo Shaken

The government was wrong to gamble on the EU granting visa liberalization as a reward for its sacrifices in talks with Serbia, experts say.

kosovo-analysts-perplexed-over-november-28th-nationalist-rally-11-27-2015-1 Analysis 28 Nov 15

Fears of Violence Dog Kosovo Opposition Rally

After opposition parties invited ‘all Albanians’ to join Saturday’s anti-government rally, the participation of football fan groups with a history of violence is raising safety concerns.

fr-sava-time-to-go-forward-and-start-dialogue-11-12-2015 Interview 13 Nov 15

Fr. Sava: Time to Go Forward and Start Dialogue

Sava Janjic, the Abbot of Visoki Decani Monastery, says Serbian heritage needs to be settled within the Brussels dialogue before any further discussion on UNESCO status.

serbia-s-unesco-victory-has-exposed-its-true-face-11-12-2015 Comment 12 Nov 15

Serbia’s UNESCO ‘Victory’ Has Exposed its True Face

Belgrade’s brutal and offensive campaign against Kosovo’s membership bid, comparing it to ISIS, has reminded Europe and its own neighbours of how little the ‘new’ Serbia has changed.

opposition-is-pulling-kosovo-into-the-unknown-11-05-2015 comment 06 Nov 15

Opposition is Pulling Kosovo Into the Unknown

The government may be arrogant but the opposition’s radical tactics risk polarising society to an unprecedented degree, as well as stirring ethnic tension.

kosovo-serb-rift-creates-headache-for-belgrade-10-12-2015 analysis 12 Oct 15

Kosovo Serb Rift Creates Headache for Belgrade

Open rift in main Serbian coalition in Kosovo poses a challenge for Serbia, although it is unlikely to derail Serbia’s key policies in Kosovo.